The Gate House- Carmel's Mystery Cottage

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    “The origin of this cottage remains veiled in mystery. Some say once served as a servant’s quarters of a large estate. Other belive it was built by an old sea-captain after he was no longer able to go to sea. Still others believe it was built by Charles Van Riper an author and real estate developer. The main cottage was built in the 1940’s.” Linda Leigh Paul

    Sweet alyssum, catnip , deep purple heliotrope and yarrow spill over the path leading the way to the Adirondack chairs place in a companionable circle. Roses clamber over a trellis and add vertical interest as rose standards. An exuberant vine drapes itself from the small balcony off the upstairs bedroom. Can you see that tiny stone pot of yellow pansies on the table? Take a minute to listen to the bees humming and smell all the mingled scents.

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    I was trolling through flickr several days ago and came across this wonderful set of photos on the interior and grounds taken by lookiloos. She has given me permission to share them with you. Visit this link to see her delightful shots.

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    1. ..Ania. 50 months ago | reply

      beautiful... and so lush :) Love reading your little stories behind the image, so informative...

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    2. whtdrgnlady 50 months ago | reply

      your pictures really make me homesick for Calif. and nice weather...don't get me wrong though, I love them and all the information you share with them

    3. Loreta S 50 months ago | reply

      Idyllic garden!!

    4. NatureWalk 50 months ago | reply

      thanks for sharing these. I love these cottages - just like a fairy tale

    5. ©EpicureanPiranha ~ 50 months ago | reply

      What a lovely place, Linda!!! I love your photos of Carmel ...

    6. Franks Photos - Catching Up 50 months ago | reply

      Oh, wowwwwwww. I could spend a whole day here with my Macro lens.
      Thanks for sharing......

    7. A n t o i n e t t e 50 months ago | reply

      I'm sooooooo sad our trip got cancelled. Richard and I will just have to go on our own. I LOVE these places!

    8. A Fine Romance 50 months ago | reply

      How magnificent. thanks for sharing.

    9. Four Doxn 50 months ago | reply

      Amazing gardens in Carmel!
      I am always surprised to see the variety displayed in an area that can be very chilly and foggy.
      I think you have the best of both worlds...but admit it...Carmel gardens rival the best in the USA!

    10. tinyfishy (Home again) 50 months ago | reply

      A wonderful place fit for a queen....hard to believe it was once a servant’s quarters ....Great shot Linda.

    11. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 50 months ago | reply

      Marvelous image.

    12. Yama Daiku [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

      What a magical place! Who wouldn't love to strol through that garden? Great shot!

    13. Henri Bonell 49 months ago | reply

      Just beautiful, idyllic garden !

    14. Fort Photo 48 months ago | reply

      I so enjoy this series you have going on for cottages and gardens.

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    15. KBird123 [deleted] 48 months ago | reply

      So many beautiful cottage images, I need to visit here. :)

    16. Simon Saint 48 months ago | reply

      Stunning photo of a beautiful cottage. Great colours.

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